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100 Designs for the Modern World

100 Designs for the Modern World

George Kravis bought his first object of industrial design – an RCA 45 rpm record-changer – in 1949. He never looked back. In fact, he moved far forward, collecting more than 3,500 items that he now houses in a leased, climate-controlled, former Blue Cross/Blue Shield office building in Tulsa, Okla. The Kravis Design Center is [...]

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Twenty over Eighty: Living for Design

Twenty over Eighty: Living for Design

Here we have a story, as they say in the news business, with legs. And long ones, at that. Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith have interviewed 20 of the greats in 20th-century design for their new book that covers the waterfront – from graphic design to architecture to advertising to furniture. They spoke with Seymour [...]

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Now: Art and Architecture in Cinema

They’ve saved the best for last. Tonight, there’s “Monet to Matisse – Painting the Modern Garden.” On Thursday, June 16, there’s “Teatro Alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders,” about Milan’s 237-year-old opera house. And on Thursday, July 14, there’s “The Papal Basilicas of Rome.” They’re all films, and they’re all shown in theaters across the [...]

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In Boulder, a Phoenix from the Ashes

In Boulder, a Phoenix from the Ashes

Colorado-based sculptor Jerry Wingren was mounting a show in New York when word came about the forest fire back at his home, twenty minutes west of Boulder. “My whole studio burned down – my tools were gone and my work was gone,” he says. “The fire took out 200 houses and 6,000 acres.” His insurance [...]

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A Dream of Venice in Words + Photos

A Dream of Venice in Words + Photos

JoAnn Locktov’s newest book on Venice is a gem, a vision and a little slice of heaven. Inside Dream of Venice: Architecture are 36 essays by architects and architectural writers (full disclosure: I am one), accompanied by what can only be described as ethereally scrumptious photography by Riccardo De Cal. Richard Goy’s introduction alone is [...]

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A Deck of Cards by Spanish Architects

Now is not the most opportune time for young, recently graduated architects in Spain. Just ask Pedro Mena and Miguel Raban Mondejar, currently living in Seville. “The profession is difficult right now – in Europe,and Spain specifically,” Mena says. “After the crisis, construction has come to a halt – there’s no new building so we [...]

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A Renewed, Classic Eichler Residence

A Renewed, Classic Eichler Residence

Between the late 1940s and the mid-sixties, Joseph Eichler managed to build more than 11,000 mid-century modern homes in California. Renovating them has become a cottage industry for San Francisco-based Klopf Architecture. “There’s something very minimal and clear about them that we like, and we try to keep that in the renovations we do,” says [...]

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At the Getty: Mosaics from the Empire

At the Getty: Mosaics from the Empire

The Romans may not have invented the art of the mosaic – credit for that probably goes to the Greeks – but they certainly found a way to perfect it. “There were workshops set up all around the Mediterranean,” says Alexis Belis, assistant curator at the Getty Center in Malibu, Calif. “For the bear hunt, [...]

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Blair Kamin’s ‘Gates of Harvard Yard’

Blair Kamin’s ‘Gates of Harvard Yard’

Gates today, says Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, have a perception problem. “The word itself is ambiguous,” he says. “A gate can pen you in and keep you out.” Nowhere is that more evident than in Cambridge, Mass., where a series of 25 gates handsomely frame the perimeter of the Harvard campus. Kamin’s new [...]

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In D.C., an Exhibition of Paper Models

In D.C., an Exhibition of Paper Models

Let’s say you’re a retired architect who’s been collecting – or possibly obsessing over – paper models since you were a kid in the 1940s. You’ve got 4,600 of them. From 50 states and multiple countries. And they’re taking up a lot of space in your home. What do you do with them? If you’re [...]

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